20 August 2014

The unlikeliest of track battles [video]



Have you ever wondered which was faster around a track: the Ford Transit or the Mercedes Sprinter? (Based on names alone you'd have to go for the Sprinter). No? How surprising. Still, that's what AutoExpress has done: pitted them head to head in one of their track battles. And the results are a lot more entertaining than you might imagine. I'd never have thought you could have such fun in a gigantic van, but it seems you can. I'll take the Transit, please.

14 August 2014

This Toyota has one of the coolest interiors ever created



Okay, it's not exactly a new concept. Toyota did bring the FT-1 to the Detroit Auto Show - and we were all pretty amazed then. But my, what a change of colour can do. Where the original red FT-1 looked just a touch boy-racer-y, in this stunning shade of graphite grey, the FT-1 looks a whole lot more stylish and civilized.

12 August 2014

Stand out at the track with this Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 [video]



Thinking of going on a supercar track day? But don't want to bring the despairingly average Lamborghini Aventador or Ferrari 458? Well then, you need to bring along the same car that this shrinking violet brought to his supercar track day - a Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6. It may not be the fastest way around the circuit, but it sure as hell is one of the most unusual ways of getting round it.

6 August 2014

How to use your new Discovery Sport [video]



If you're thinking of getting a Land Rover Discovery Sport when it's released next year, then this video demonstrates the kinds of things the car can do, and also the kinds of things you really should do when you get your car. After all, what's the point in having a car that can cope with such extreme and diverse environments, if all you do is mount the odd kerb when there's not much parking around...? Just, er, try not to scratch your expensive new car when you do try it.

31 July 2014

Veyron reaches 246mph on public roads [video]



If you've ever wondered what 246mph feels like on the public road... well you're probably never going to experience it. Sorry. But, as ever, YouTube comes to the rescue, allowing you to experience it vicariously through the magic of streaming video. In short, it looks fast. Insanely fast. And the Bugatti Veyron SS in question also sounds utterly incredible as it speeds past at 246.4mph. It's like a ground-based jet fighter. And, before you ask, yes, the road was closed.

30 July 2014

Driverless cars on UK roads from next year



Driverless cars are almost certainly the future, whether they arrive by 2020 as some car makers are predicting, or later. However, in order to reach that goal, these cars have to be tested on real roads, with other real road users and the resultant unpredictable conditions. That's what Google has been doing in California, but UK companies developing the tech have so far had to make do with private roads.

23 July 2014

New NSX looking fine at the 'Ring [video]



The new Honda NSX is one of those cars that's been known about for a very long time, and yet is still a way from going into production. In fact, Honda first talked about a new NSX back in 2007, though those plans were shelved with the whole economic crisis malarky. Fast-forward to 2011, and reports emerged that Honda was back on to developing a new NSX - plans which were confirmed with the first concept car in 2012. Since then we've seen another couple of concepts, but still no production version.

21 July 2014

Jag's custom F-Type R for all your bike-carrying needs



If you're a fan of high performance cars and cycling, well, the two don't normally go together. You can't exactly fit a couple of bikes on the back of a Lamborghini Aventador (I assume - I've never looked into it). But now, Jaguar has just come up with an F-Type R Coupe that has a unique "racking solution".

18 July 2014

Giveaway: win pairs of tickets to Wilton Classic & Supercar, courtesy of Castrol



Summer's here, the sun's out (very much so as I write this) and it's therefore the perfect time of year to go to a car show. Wilton Classic & Supercar springs to mind, it being just around the corner on Sunday, August 10th. Quite conveniently then, we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for the event, courtesy of our friends at Castrol.

17 July 2014

Here's the skinny on the new Smart fortwo and forfour



First introduced way back in 1998, the Smart has always been an interesting little car. However, not one that would suit many people. The fuel economy, for one, was always terrible for such a small car. But now Smart has just taken the wraps off an all new pair of models - the fortwo and forfour.